July, 2020

Mythless Learning Design

Clark Quinn

If I’m going to rail against myths in learning, it makes sense to be clear about what learning design without myths looks like. Let me lay out a little of what mythless learning design is, or should be. Learning with myths manifests in many ways.

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cynefin

Harold Jarche

This is a retrospective on how my work has been influenced by the Cynefin framework , which I first came across in late 2007, many years after it had been originally published in 1999 — the same year as The Cluetrain Manifesto.

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The Nonsense That Is Apple’s New Work From Home Video Ad

Dan Pontefract

I had to watch Apple’s latest “work from home” video several times to see if I was missing something. In the end, I determined that the video is a giant … Continue reading "The Nonsense That Is Apple’s New Work From Home Video Ad".

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How to Help Students Succeed by Taking Ownership of Their Learning Online Through Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an unedited transcript created by the Google Sound Recording on the Pixel 4 (the main reason I bought this phone in fact) of the webinar I gave July 30, 2020. Thank you very much Sarah and I'm still waiting for that invitation to speak in Antarctica. Any time you're ready? I'm on a plane.

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The Long-Term Impact of Early-Career Setbacks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Fail fast, fail often is one of Silicon Valley’s best known mantras. Is there something to this belief that if you’re not failing fast and often you may be stuck in a stagnating endeavor?

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Designing Ecosystems | A Learning Journey

Dave Snowden

On September 16, 2019, Cognitive Edge was invited to a Research Meeting convened by the Stanford Center for Design Research and the David Ramsey Map Center.

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Losing our collective minds?

Clark Quinn

So, after that mess on Twitter, I next see on LinkedIn a recognized personage who proceeds to claim that learning styles are legit. And, the basis for this claim is fundamentally wrong. So I’m beginning to fear that we’re losing our collective minds! Let me be clear about the claim, the problem, and a healthy approach. The claim started like this: I know there is a huge camp of folks who say no one has learning styles and they provide all types of links of others who concur.

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To hurt or help?

Doc Searls

The choice above is one I pose at the end of a 20-minute audioblog I recorded for today, here: [link]. The graphic represents the metaphor I use to frame that choice. Future

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The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award 2020 is presented to Andrew Jacobs

Jane Hart

The Internet Time Alliance Award, in memory of Jay Cross, is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Informal Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. They share their […]. Modern Workplace Learning

Scenario Planning - Formulating Strategy in the Face of High Uncertainty

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“How can we formulate strategy in the face of uncertainty?,” asks Learning from the Future , a recent Harvard Business Review article by Peter Scoblic , in its opening sentence. Answering this question has never felt more urgent as leaders prepare for the future. “Even before the Covid-19 crisis, rapid technological change, growing economic interdependence, and mounting political instability had conspired to make the future increasingly murky.” Uncertainty was already all-encompassing.

Misadventures in Content Production: Why “Rapid” Tool Aren’t Really Rapid

Xyleme

Let’s be honest — so-called “rapid” authoring tools aren’t really rapid at all. What you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG,) or “rapid” tools, apply styles that are hard-coded into the content, which means that the writing and designing are coupled together. Authors can write the content while controlling the heading color, font size, paragraph spacing, table shading and more, right within the tool itself. This should save time, right? In fact, it does just the opposite.

Practicing the Preach

Clark Quinn

I’m working on my next plan for global domination. And as I do, I’ve been developing my thinking, and there are some interesting outcomes. Including a realization that I wasn’t doing what I usually recommend.

non-violence + 3.5%

Harold Jarche

How many people does it take to change an organization or a society? Minority groups need 25% to influence the majority in a society. But it only takes 10% if the group is committed with unshakeable belief.

Coming From Every Here

Doc Searls

To answer the question Where are SiriusXM radio stations broadcasted from? , I replied, If you’re wondering where they transmit from, it’s a mix. SiriusXM transmits primarily from a number of satellites placed in geostationary orbit , 35,786 kilometres or 22,236 miles above the equator. From Earth they appear to be stationary. Two of the XM satellites, for example, are at 82° and 115° West.

Responses to Pew on the Future and Ethics in AI

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If you expect change, what do you think the “new normal” will be for the average person in 2025? What will have changed most? What will not change much at all? Despite the economic turmoil that resulted from the pandemic, the net result will be an increased recognition of the role of governance and civil society. This will be seen in an increased level of support for social and economic support, including for example the need for public health care and the need for income support.

Remote Work is Surprisingly Productive, But For Many… Something Is Missing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What If Working From Home Goes on … Forever? asks science and technology journalist Clive Thompson in the title of his June 9 NY Times Magazine article. “The coronavirus crisis is forcing white-collar America to reconsider nearly every aspect of office life. Some practices now seem to be wastes of time, happily discarded; others seem to be unexpectedly crucial, and impossible to replicate online.

The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award 2020

Charles Jennings

The Internet Time Alliance Award, in memory of Jay Cross, is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Informal Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. They share their work in public and often challenge conventional wisdom.

Thinking about reframing

Clark Quinn

I found something interesting, and wanted to share, but…I realize this is supposed to be about my learnings about learning. So, I’m framing it as thinking about reframing ;). Seriously, it’s about extant models and opportunities to rethink. So, to begin with, I’ve been somewhat frustrated with the traditional model of capitalism. No, not as a plea for communism or something, but because it doesn’t align with our brains.

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meaningful finds

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Rosalyn Yalow — “The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you’re learning, you’re not old.”

A rare sky treat

Doc Searls

Across almost 73 laps around the Sun, I’ve seen six notable comets. The fifth was Hale-Bopp, which I blogged about here , along with details on the previous four, in 1997. The sixth is NEOWISE, and that’s it, above, shot with my iPhone 11. There are a couple other shots in that same album, taken with my Canon 5D Mark III. Those are sharper, but this one shows off better.

3 Ways to Help Your Employees Find Ongoing Success with Remote Training

TOPYX LMS

The first case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was reported on January 21st, 2020. 1 Since then, millions of employees have made the transition from working from the office to working from home. On April 21st, it was reported that 66 percent of all employees in the U.S.

Could AI Reshape the Global Balance of Power?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) was established by the US Congress in Fiscal Year 2019 to “advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies by the United States to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.”

Who will win the epic battle for online meeting hegemony?

Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog

The pandemic has focused much of the remote worker experience like a laser on the lowly online meeting, where many workers now spend so much of their work day now. Stalwarts like Cisco and HCL are facing intense competition from upstarts like Zoom and Slack as well as industry heavyweights Google and especially Microsoft

An L&D Challenge?

Clark Quinn

A colleague and friend posted about masks, and I weighed in. He suggested that it’s really a learning issue. I’m not sure I agree, but I thought it might be interesting to explore. So here’s an L&D challenge to consider. First, masks make sense , scientifically. They reduce the chance that someone might contaminate someone else.

ITA Jay Cross Award 2020

Harold Jarche

The Internet Time Alliance Award, in memory of Jay Cross, is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Informal Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. They share their work in public and often challenge conventional wisdom.

How to get fans inside the NBA’s playoff bubble

Doc Searls

Sell tickets to attend online through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Webex, GoToMeeting, Jitsi or whatever conferencing system can supply working tech to the NBA. Then mic everyone in the paying crowd, project them all on the walls (or sheets hanging from the ceiling), combine their audio, and run it through speakers so players can see and hear the cheering crowds. The playoffs start on July 31.

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Hidden Benefits of Offering More Employee Training in the Midst of COVID-19

TOPYX LMS

As COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, it’s safe to say that employee training is likely not at the top of most employers’ list of priorities. The majority of companies are simply trying to stay afloat, and for some, that has meant cutting back on training to save money. But now, the U.S.

A little silliness

Clark Quinn

So, this was a little silliness I did in the 99 second presos at the Learning & Development Conference. It was the second one (the other was more aspirational). I’d put it together and then wasn’t sure, but there was time and space. It’s just for fun, nothing serious, along the lines of others I’ve done. FYA (allegro): Hi, I’m Dr. Quinn, Meaningful Man, and have I got solutions for you! We’ve got learning experiences that are certain to be new.

Collective mind losing redux

Clark Quinn

I reported about a conversation on LinkedIn badly defending learning styles. And, the subsequent post came out. Sad to say, it doesn’t do anything better, and instead is yet another bad example of reasoning. It’s a ‘collective mind losing’ redux! So it starts out saying that those of us who decry learning styles maintain that they don’t exist. That’s not exactly what I said, at any rate.

ITA Jay Cross Award 2020

Clark Quinn

The Internet Time Alliance Award, in memory of Jay Cross , is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Informal Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. They share their work in public and often challenge conventional wisdom.

hiatus

Harold Jarche

For the next few weeks I will be taking a break from blogging. I will still post my fortnightly Friday’s Finds but I will focus my writing on some offline projects and take some time off to reflect. In the meantime, if you are craving something to read, there are over 3,000 posts on this site. Check out my book reviews and synopses to add to your own reading lists. These topics may be of interest: Leadership. Complexity. Innovation. See you after my blog hiatus. PS: Happy Canada Day! “I

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friday’s paradoxes

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. vtg2 — “ I’m beginning to think ‘hindsight is 2020’ was some kind of message from a future time traveler that we all misunderstood.” ” @ComplexWales — “I had a teacher who filled the bell in Drama Hall with foam. As more students arrived, they simply joined in & it sometimes lasted a whole day.

The Future of Now

Doc Searls

There is latency to everything. Stub your toe and a second or two passes before the pain kicks in. The crack of a bat on a playing field takes half a second before it reaches the ears of the watching crowd. The sunlight we see on Earth is eight minutes old. Most of this doesn’t matter to us, or if it does we adjust to it. Likewise with how we adjust to the inverse square law. Never mind what it says.

How long will radio last?

Doc Searls

These are among the since-demolished towers of the once-mighty WMEX/1510 radio in Boston. That wasn’t exactly the question asked on Quora, but what follows is my answer. If you mean licenses, all of them last as long as they have value to the owners—or that regulators allow them to persist. Note that nearly every broadcast license more than a few decades old has by now had many owners over a long period of time, and more than one call sign as well.

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Home is where one’s butt is

Doc Searls

I don’t want to explain why we’re bivouac’d at a friend’s house in San Marino. What matters, for the purpose of this post, is that we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the Covid-19 pandemic. My only complaint is that there’s nothing resembling an office desk or chair here. I’ve coped by collecting my ass and my electronics within an arrangement of mostly antique furniture. That’s what you see in the screenshot above.

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5 Tips to Save Your Remote Workers from Boring Employee Training

TOPYX LMS

For some companies, employee training is something workers dread. This is unfortunate since employee training that is both engaging and effective can yield benefits like increased job satisfaction and motivation, more efficient work processes, and higher levels of innovation and team collaboration.

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Empowering Your L&D Team to Create Engaging Training for Healthcare Workers

TOPYX LMS

The past several months have proven very challenging for healthcare workers. They are faced with the near-impossible task of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic firsthand, in many cases risking their lives to care for coronavirus patients.